Sunday, January 31, 2021

Hope. Dreams. Life... Love: Saturday Sample and Weekend Writing Warriors: Neve...

Hope. Dreams. Life... Love: Saturday Sample and Weekend Writing Warriors: Neve...:   Welcome to Saturday Sample and Weekend Writing Warriors. Today we'll continue to share excerpts from Never Trust a Pretty Wolf. On Sun...

Seems like the little diversion worked out nicely for the heroine.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

A Snip Tease: Snippet

A Snip Tease: Snippet:   Rainbow Snippets , a Facebook group, is asking for a snippet of six lines.  "...  please post 6 sentences of LGBTQIA+ fiction or a bo...

A bird with an appetite like a billy goat on prednisone--interesting!

I did not notice an increase in my appetite either of the times I had to take prednisone. 

The time I took after being sent to the hospital for a severe laryngospasm when I was trying to recover from pneumonia while having to keep working as a waitress full-time, I felt very weak. But that might be because I still had to continue working as a waitress full-time while trying to recover from the aftermath of pneumonia.

The time I took it for sciatica, all I noticed was the blessed relief from sciatica. Unfortunately, that only lasted a couple of weeks, and then my doctor refused to give me more. I'm glad I have a different doctor now. That man was burned out and I think he saw me as a "problem patient." His prescription for everything was weight loss. With all my endocrine problems, that's not likely to happen.

Naughty Netherworld Press: A Hiding Place #MFRW Hooks #8Sunday #SnipSun #Rain...

Naughty Netherworld Press: A Hiding Place #MFRW Hooks #8Sunday #SnipSun #Rain...:     

While fleeing the Pingucury raiders, roughnecks Iker and Peregrine take shelter in a barn on an abandoned homestead. They have just realized that they are not alone.

Sexy Saturday: The Pornographer's Apprentice Review


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Genre: Erotica, BDSM, bisexual, f/f, m/m, steampunk

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

With a title like "The Pornographer's Apprentice," I was expecting some hot and heavy action, and I got that in the first chapter. What I was not expecting was an intricate storyline and well-developed characters that I would actually care about.

The Pornographer's Apprentice is next-level erotica. It is a clever, fun, and quirky ride that left me wondering what would happen next. Gillian is a smart and sassy heroine who can hold her own against any man. Her fellow toymakers Arthur and Ian are a bit scatterbrained and oftentimes think with their small heads, but they are likable fellows and devoted friends. Amelia is a harsh mistress who will not hesitate to punish disobedient employees.

The Pornographer's Apprentice will titillate and surprise readers. The story isn't for the faint of heart, but it is unexpectedly creative. Come along for a thrilling ride if you dare!

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Bridge of Magic Guest Post and Giveaway


The Salvation of Innocence
The Bridge of Magic Trilogy Book 1
by Robert E. Balsley Jr.
Genre: Fantasy

A young woman embarks on a harrowing journey to save her world's last vestige of magical healing in Robert E. Balsley Jr.'s epic new fantasy novel, The Salvation of Innocence.
Althaya, the goddess of healing, wishes to share her ability to help those in need, providing "empaths," which give clerics the means to magically heal others-a means that some people fear and wish to destroy. In response, a dark magic known as the Purge is created to seek out and eradicate all empaths.
But one lone survivor remains, spirited away by Althaya and hidden in a magical stasis field. There, the last empath must remain alive until the time comes for rescue-but the Purge will not rest until the last empath is found and killed.
Three thousand years later, Kristen Rosilie Clearwater is only beginning to realize her destiny. Having been brought to the island of InnisRos as an orphan, she has long felt a "tug" toward something she can't quite understand. But when she begins experiencing the dreams of a young child, Kristen knows that the two are somehow connected-and that the fate of the world, and the future of healing magic, rests on.

The Struggle For Innocence
The Bridge of Magic Trilogy Book 2

In this suspenseful sequel to The Salvation of Innocence, the war against evil rages on. This time good must fight on two fronts to stop a great evil-one strong enough to commit genocide-or their world will be changed forever.
After barely escaping death at the hands of the vampire Lukas, Emmy still faces an even greater threat. The Purge is approaching. Emmy and her comrades' only chance is to get help from the sentient city of Elanesse and commit the first assault.
Far way, another conflict is brewing. Father Horatio Goram must face off against the power-hungry First Counselor Mordecai Lannian, whose demonic concubine pushes for war, but the odds are against him. Emmy's fate rests on this struggle, and this determined priest will do anything to win.
In a realm where healing magic relies on a single emissary's ability to commune with the gods, Emmy's death would have wide repercussions. This sensational thriller reveals the destructive power evil will use to achieve its dastardly ends-and the depths to which good must go to stop it.

The Loss of Innocence
The Bridge of Magic Trilogy Book 3

War has come to InnisRos!
The Ak-Séregon Stone, stolen by the demon Nightshade, has been used to force open a corridor between Aster and the Svartalfheim, the home world of the Dark Elves. The Dark Elf army, led by Nightshade's father, Aikanáro, marches on InnisRos. Only Father Goram and his allies, with Queen Lessien's army, can close down the corridor and break the stranglehold the Dark Elves have on the island of the Elves of Light.
But the Dark Elf invasion of InnisRos is only one phase of Nightshade's design. To ensure InnisRos' human allies stay on their side of the world, she blackmails Lord Ternborg, leader of the Draugen Pesta, the Black Death, to invade the mainland from the east. Forced to collaborate with the mercenary cities of HeBron and Madeira, Lord Ternborg reluctantly leads three armies into the Forest of the Fey and the surrounding valley to capture the sorcerer stronghold of Havendale. Tangus, Kristen, Emmy and the humans now have their own war to fight on the mainland.
Meanwhile, deep below the surface, a new threat arises. The sylph are awake and moving from the depths with one goal in mind... destroy all life on Aster.

Guest Post

What kind of world ruler would you be?

I would never be a world leader. I believe in countries, each with their own individual identity and control of their own future. Anything close to a one-world government would be detrimental to our liberty and our right to choose how we wish to live our life. 

What are you passionate about these days?

I’m most passionate about what the future holds for this country. I see too many forces within that are actively trying to change what this country stands for. Forces that want to destroy the only beacon of light and freedom in the world.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

Mostly watch TV… but I’m also hooked on FaceBook. Music and a good book also helps me to relax.

How to find time to write as a parent?

My kids are grown and making success out of their own lives. But when they were still at home, I set a block of time every Saturday morning before anyone else was awake. Though I wasn’t writing a book then, I was creating my own D&D games.

Describe yourself in 5 words or less!

Stiff, severe outside, teddy-bear inside.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I haven’t gotten to that point yet.

Do you have a favorite movie?

This is pretty much an impossible question. The two movies that affected me the most are “The Exorcist” and “Alien”. The movie I probably enjoyed the most is a close tie between “Robinhood, Men in Tights” and “Spaceballs”.

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

I can see my entire trilogy made into a movie… a “Lord of the Rings” type thing.

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

None, really.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

Definitely a panther… but a wolf is a very close second. Dire wolves play a very important part in my trilogy and will continue to in future books.

Robert E. Balsley, Jr honed his fantasy writing skills as a game master in Dungeons and Dragons over twenty-five years. During that time he developed the thoughts and ideas that turned into the Bridge of Magic series. The Salvation of Innocence is the first book of that trilogy and Robert's debut novel. Robert graduated from Elder High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He served in the US Air Force for six years. After his discharge, Robert started working at Tinker Air Force Base in Central Oklahoma where he's been an engineering technician, first level supervisor, and lead technician. Robert retired in late 2014. He left Oklahoma and currently lives in Burlington, Kentucky. He and his wife have three children, three grandchildren, and three dogs.

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Doc Cedarwood Book Promo and Giveaway

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Megan Slayer will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Can an accident and a rim job lead to lasting love?

Aiden Connor isn't looking for a date. Sure, he wants one, but relationships seem to be too difficult to maintain. He's an ER doctor and doesn't have time for commitment...that is, until he runs over a curb and needs a new rim for his sports car. The mechanic isn't anything like he expects, but could be the one man he needs if he's willing to open his mind and heart.

Matt Phillips equates dating with disaster, but sees himself as an eternal optimist. When he catches sight of Aiden, he wants to give relationships a try. Every cell in his body screams to get the sexy doctor naked and in his bed. But Matt has demons and addictions he's still working through. Will he fall prey to his past or learn and move forward with the hot doctor?

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Maybe I’m dating the wrong men.

“I keep telling myself that. Jordan tells me the same thing, but I still want to clobber Farin when he goes Groomzilla on us. I wasn’t this bad when I married Jordan—at least I don’t think so. We walked, we stood, we said I do, then had one hell of a party at the house.” Colin shook his head. “I just wouldn’t have thought he’d be…like this.”

“It’ll be over in two days. You’ll live.” Aiden clapped Colin on the shoulder. “Speaking of days, I have exactly one day off before I’m expected back at the hospital. I’m on for an eight-hour shift on Saturday, so if I’m running late, that’s why.”

“We’ll keep an eye out. Thanks for the heads-up and thanks for talking to the group. Have a good night.” Colin winked, then strode away.

Aiden grabbed his jacket from the coat rack. The weight of a twenty-four-hour shift had gotten to him. He wanted to go home but wondered if he’d make it. As he navigated through the halls of the hospital, he waved at a couple of the nurses and, in the foyer, nodded to the elderly woman behind the main counter. The moment he stepped into the chilly October air, he blinked and dragged a long breath into his lungs. Nothing worked to wake him up like crisp fall evenings. Well, nothing like those and a good blow job in the morning, but he wasn’t likely to get one. He’d need a boyfriend first. He’d worry about his lack of a partner later. Right now, he wanted to go home, slip into a warm bath or hot shower and collapse for twelve hours straight. Maybe he would meet someone at the wedding or reception.

Maybe hell will freeze over first.

©Megan Slayer, 2020, All Rights Reserved

About the Author:
Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and white hot themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been nominated at the LRC for Best Author, Best Contemporary, Best Ménage, Best BDSM and Best Anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on

When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice. She’s an active member of the Friends of the Keystone-LaGrange Public library. Find out more about Megan and Wendi at

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

A Fighting Chance Guest Post and Giveaway


Pages: 154

Genre: Romantic-Suspense

Heat Rating: Hot



*A FIGHTING CHANCE is Book 6 in the Disaster Crimes series, but it’s a spin-off featuring a new couple, so it can be read as a standalone.*

Thorn has loved Amanda from afar, giving her whatever she needs as a survivor of abuse—space, protection, and stability. He yearns to give her more, though, to share his feelings, kiss her, love her, but he's worried the truth will frighten her away.

And Amanda is afraid. She’s scared of her attraction for Thorn. Most of all, she’s terrified of her ex-boyfriend, who is lurking nearby where no one can find him. When she grows closer to Thorn, Damon retaliates, jeopardizing their happy ending.

Up against an abusive ex and Mother Nature, do Thorn and Amanda have a fighting chance?


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Amanda looked up from the current list of up-to-date payments for classes. A movement outside the glass storefront caught her eye. She tilted her head to see a man coming up the sidewalk from the side where the picnic bench sat. Through the vertical blinds, she glimpsed a square face—a short, rugged beard and long, dark hair pulled into a man bun. Her breath fled from her lungs. Her body went from icy cold to flaming hot in the span of a millisecond. She dropped to the floor and slid under the counter, beneath the ledge where they put their purses and cell phones.

“What—” Beth peeked at the windows. Then she snapped her fingers at April and pointed at the stools.

April jumped into action. She pushed the stools in so they blocked Amanda. The bell attached to the door jingled as April removed the jacket she wore and draped it across the stools, creating a curtain to shield Amanda.

From a crack, Amanda watched Beth move to stand in front of the twins, who were in their walkers playing peacefully. “I’m sorry, but we’re going to be closing.”

“I don’t give a shit. I’m here for Amanda.”

The sound of Damon’s voice had her heart beating even harder. That voice had haunted her nightmares, had come back to life in her memories.

Beth cocked her head to the side. “Who? There’s no one by that name here.”

“Don’t bullshit me. I know she works here.”

His voice was closer now.


 Cara’s Question: How’d you come up with Amanda and why did you choose her to be Thorn’s love interest?

Chrys Fey’s Answer: In Flaming Crimes, Beth is in need of a new self-defense assistant for her classes at The Fighting Chance. I considered what kind of person would make the best assistant, who wouldn’t take advantage of any of the students. A woman who understands what victims go through, how they react, what makes them uncomfortable, and is a survivor herself, as well as an amazing student, would make the best assistant for Beth. Enter Amanda. I literally came up with her when the problem of a new assistant presented itself.

As for the second part of that question…when I wrote the scene where Thorn comes to The Fighting Chance the first day Amanda is an employee and sees her teaching beside Beth, it was all over. The guy was hooked. I knew it. He knew. Donovan and Beth knew it. Only Amanda didn’t know it. It was destined that Amanda be a character in the Disaster Crimes series, and there was no way around it but to pair Thorn and Amanda together. If I had forced them to stay apart, Thorn would’ve been very pissed.






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Author’s Note: I wrote The Disaster Curse to answer a few lingering questions readers may have after reading A Fighting Chance, and to tie the whole series together with a neat, shiny, perfect little bow. Plus, there was one disaster that I hadn’t written about yet. *wink*


The Disaster Crimes Series:

*The Crime Before the Storm (prequel)

Hurricane Crimes (novella, #1)

Seismic Crimes (#2)

Lightning Crimes (free short, #2.5)

Tsunami Crimes (#3)

Flaming Crimes (#4)

Frozen Crimes (#5)

A Fighting Chance (spin-off, #6)

The Disaster Curse (short story, #7)

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Chrys Fey is author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept that blends disasters, crimes, and romance. She runs the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Book Club on Goodreads and edits for Dancing Lemur Press.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Clarissa Book Promo and Giveaway


by Giulietta M. Spudich
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy

A fire is coming. It starts with a girl and a key.

After her mother’s death, Clarissa doesn’t know how to connect with her distant father. Her only friend is an oak tree who she can tell her deepest secrets. When she discovers a mysterious key that unleashes a long-forgotten fire spirit, she must find her voice to protect those she loves.

"A delightful, fantastical tale of how oak trees and humans can be friends." -Dr. James Canton, author of "The Oak Papers"

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Giulietta M. Spudich enjoys writing everything from children's stories to grown-up fiction and poems in between. She lives in Cambridge, England where she moved from California in 2002. She is inspired by cats, especially her late black cat, Smokey.

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Sue Barr : Weekend Writing Warriors

Sue Barr : Weekend Writing Warriors: I cannot believe we are almost at the end of January. I've been busy in my kitchen. I make most things from scratch and with the grandso...

I think that it's wonderful that the parents want their daughters to marry for love rather than money or titles.

Naughty Netherworld Press: Roughnecks on the Run #MFRW Hooks #8Sunday #SnipSu...

Naughty Netherworld Press: Roughnecks on the Run #MFRW Hooks #8Sunday #SnipSu...:    Genre M/M erotica, sci-fi The Blurb When Pingucury raiders attack their rig, hunky roughneck clone foreman Iker and his equally buff pal ...

When raiders attack, roughnecks must flee. A snippet from The Stable Boy's Roughneck Ride, the newest hot short from Naughty Netherworld Press.

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This client sounds like a pain. I'd be repeating the mantra "money is money" as I listened to her rant. 
Being my own boss, I understand the main character's position. I'd love to fire my terrible secretary, but I am my terrible secretary, and I can't get anyone who is willing to work as cheaply as me.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Pierre the Peacock Review


Children’s Book

Date Published: Dec. 11, 2017

Publisher: Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc.

Pierre the Peacock is delightfully illustrated with a valuable message. It is about acceptance, friendship and a valuable lesson in how we should treat people. Come with us as we meet Pierre, a peacock who thinks that he will get friends just from his pretty looks. When he meets Jerry, a colorblind little boy, he teaches Pierre that what matters is how you treat people, not what you look like. A lesson for all of us!

This beautifully illustrated story is written for children, but it contains a marvelous lesson for people of all ages. Pierre is a glorious young peacock who thinks that everyone should feel honored to be friends with him because he is so pretty. However, nobody wants to be friends with him because he is so full of himself.
One day Pierre meets Jerry, a boy with color blindness. Jerry can't see Pierre's beautiful colors, but he wants to be friends with Pierre anyway. Pierre learns that the important thing is being a good friend, not what you look like.
This book imparted its message without being heavy-handed. The illustrations are lovely and the text is easily readable against the background. The characters are charming, and children and adults alike are sure to love the story. I give Pierre the Peacock five out of five stars.

About the Author

Jocelyn Mooneyhan Lacey is a native of Johnson City, TN, where she graduated from Science Hill High School and East Tennessee State University with a B.A. in Mass Communications. She met her husband, Steven Lacey, at ETSU, and they have since lived in Maine, Rhode Island, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and now have settled in New Jersey for the time being. She also shares her home with two dogs, a cat, and three fish.

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Ian's Realm Guest Post and Giveaway


Ian's Realm Saga
Trilogy Books 1-3
by D.L. Gardner
Genre: YA Fantasy

Winner of Book Excellence Award 2019

Three books in one, this saga follows the adventures of Ian Wilson through the portal and into a magical land called the Realm. From slave boy to warrior, Ian encounters the dragon worshiping village, Menek, their enemies the Kaemperns, and the all powerful fire-breathing dragon Old Stenhjaert.

Part 1. Deception Peak

Ian's Realm Saga, is a young adult adventure fantasy about a teenager, Ian Wilson, who follows his father, Alex, through a portal that magically appears on their computer screen while they are creating a game engine. They travel into a deceptively beautiful Realm, where horses run wild, the wind sings prophetic melodies, and their computer avatar (Xylon) comes to life. But when the two are separated, Ian is abducted by a tribe of dragon worshipers. In his struggle to be released, he causes chaos in the village and is banished into the wilderness with two other residents. They come upon a group of people who live for the sole purpose to destroy the dragon. They agree to help Ian find his father deep in the caves of the dragon's lair.
Alex is found, but not without sacrifice, causing a deepened relationship between Ian and the Kaempern leader, Amleth.
Alex and Ian ride for the portal home with the dragon at their heels. Alex, his father stops in his tracks and goes back with the intent to slay the dragon, sending his son to the portal to wait for him with the instructions that if he doesn't return by morning, go home without him. Alex never returns.

Part 2 Dragon Shield

Integrity isn't something you do, it's who you are," Aren tells the confused Ian in The Dragon Shield.

Now a young man, Ian returns to the magical Realm to fight against the tyranny that has befallen his friends. But the Realm is a different place, the forest is dying, the Kaemperns have lost the shield that protected them from the dragon, and Ian has a hard time proving his allegiance when trouble follows him through the portal. His struggle to do right buries him in confusion when he's confronted with a young boy who wields a powerful magical dagger which summons the dragon.

Part 3 Rubies and Robbers

"I will not let fear weaken us, not now" -says Ian as he dives into the cold waters of Moor Cove to find the escapees.

Ian has proven his abilities as a warrior and now the most dangerous battle begins, the battle against the power of evil. Ian must unravel the secrets of the mountain and discern whom his real enemy is, the enemy both without and within. He tackles with the twelve-year-old boy who seems to hold the fate of the entire Realm in his hands, and yet the pressing Songs of Wisdom call for compassion in his dealings. Ian leads his men in the fight against the powers of darkness. But he must also be willing to sacrifice everything he ever hoped to have in order to save those he loves.

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Layla: Born at Night
Ian's Realm Saga Book 3.1

When Ian returns to the Realm in search of Abbi and Elisa he not only encounters the fiery dragon, but falls prey to a lovely temptress and a wicked queen.

When Elisa's friend becomes a victim of a drive-by shooting, Abbi and Elisa seek a magical cure in Ian's shield, but are accidentally transported into the Realm with no way back. Ian suspects their whereabouts and opens the portal to find them. His entry compromises the integrity of the seal which prevents the dragon from returning to the Realm. In his search for the girls, he stumbles upon a beautiful enchantress who offers to help him.

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Fallen Morning
Ian's Realm Saga Book 3.2

After the death of her precious soldier, Queen Hacatine, in a fit of rage, commands her ambassadors to kill the Magic Thief and capture Layla's murderer.

Ian is a wanted man.

A Taikan slave boy, Rolando, voyages with the assassins. The ship encounters a squall and is soon battered to pieces. The Taikans escape leaving Rolando on the sinking ship. He saves the Sage's chest of incantations and barely survives himself. His intent is to find Hacatine's ambassadors and return the clandestine strongbox—but meets Silvio the Wizard instead.

Rolando's world is turned upside down.

Brad and Elisa Huntington return to Seattle from the Realm only to be crudely interrogated by Drew, Abbi's father. After Brad passes a polygraph test, his dad and Drew have no recourse but to believe his story. Soon scientists are forging through the portal in search of the Realm.

Drew wants his daughter back.

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Diary of a Conjurer
Ian's Realm Saga Book 4

When the old wizard Silvio eyes a woman dragging an unconscious young man ashore on his beach, he suspects the worst. A sorceress warrior from the island of Taikus could mean nothing but ill will. But who is the boy? With a burst of magic, he freezes the warrior into a bronze statue, and nurtures the boy back to health. The teenager, Ivar, explains that he is on a quest to discover his past, but a violent storm cast him into the sea.

Silvio's suspicions grow, and he wonders why a Taikan would rescue an archer from Kaempern since they are known enemies.

When Silvio joins Ivar on his journey, his answers come all too quickly. He, too, becomes the evil queen's prey, and there's a reason she's keeping him alive.

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Cassandra's Castle
Ian's Realm Book 5

Finalist Book Excellence Award 2017

A unique  YA Fantasy page-turner that spans the void between vastly different worlds, Gardner captures the most endearing qualities of the genre in a story that's both refreshing and original. -Book Viral Review

Readers who love excitement, peril and sweet romance will enjoy this time-travel adventure.

Eighteen years after her father visited the Realm, Cassie discovers a portal to the same world when she takes a selfie with her cell phone. Against the wishes of her friends, she goes in and finds herself captured by a grumpy old wizard. Its through him she learns of the unrest happening in the kingdom called Alisubbo. When a handsome cavalry officer, Valerio, appears with his troops in all his pompous attire, Cassie is taken breathless.

The cunning Valerio immediately recognizes the opportunity of befriending this lovely, young and naive stranger and sweet-talks her into helping his cause. Her mission, deliver an Appeal for Peace to the king. Cassie willingly takes the job, thrilled that she finally has the adventure she's wanted all her young life.

Tragically for her, the letter is not what Valerio says it is. Cassie discovers she's been a pawn in a coup to overthrow the king. She discovers the lies and false accusations too late. Before she can stop the violence, her hands are stained in blood. She must somehow turn the tide, save the life of the heir, and persuade him to return and rescue Alisubbo from Valerio's tyranny.

Other books in this series include Ian's Realm Saga and Diary of a Conjurer and the Tale of the Four Wizards which are published on my website.

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Lost on Taikus
Ian's Realm Saga Book 6

When the young wizard Abbott is abducted as a little boy, he is taken to the castle of the wicked queen Hacatine and condemned to wait his young life as a prisoner until he comes of age and his sentence is executed.
But even as a child, Abbott has other plans. When he meets the beautiful albino slave girl who spins silk from a butterfly's spittle he is more determined to not only escape, but bring the entire queen's court with him.

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Guest Post

What inspired you to write this book?

There are several things. One and most importantly is I watched my grandsons grow up without a dad and realized how important fathers are in their sons’ lives. My main character Ian spends much of the story without his father, who for many of his own reasons, ends up not being the dad that Ian needed. The story’s message to young men is that even if your father has failed you, you can still grow up to be the man you wish your father had been.

Another inspiration is I always wanted to paint a dragon and could never think of a good excuse (as if one needs an excuse to paint a dragon). So, when I started writing Ian’s Realm, I started painting Stenhjaert the dragon (you can see him on my website). The dragon expanded to 3 panels 4 ft X 3 ft eventually so I could get his wingspan in. Then each panel became a book cover for the first three books (out of print now and rewritten and combined into the trilogy).

Another inspiration was my many walks in the forest. The trees talked to me. Seriously!

What can we expect from you in the future?

More romance in my stories.

I finished an adult high fantasy romance which will be out in 2021. I’m also just finishing a paranormal (sweet) romance that I think you’ll enjoy.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?

I do and I need to publish them. I have a lot of side stories about the characters in Ian’s Realm and Cassandra’s Castle. I should work on those and get them to you.

Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?

Ian starts off the series as a 15-year-old boy and ends up as a young man. In Cassandra’s Castle, he’s about middle age, being Cassandra’s father. As a boy he’s insecure. He lost his mom who died so he relies heavily on his father, who knows that Ian depends too much on him and that’s part of the conflict that arises between the two. Alex also is devastated by his wife’s death. Ian’s is co-dependent, and his dad Alex knows he’s not the god that Ian’s makes him out to be. Dad wants Ian to see he can’t live up to his expectations. He doesn’t forsake his son on purpose, fate plays a part in that. But when Ian realizes he’s alone in the world, he carries the weight of being abandoned with him for an exceptionally long time. As the stories progress he finds love in Abbi, but, like his dad did to him, Ian keeps her at arm’s distance. As he grows into a young man his first experience with passion is in Layla and he begins to see the difference between a real relationship (Abbi) and a seductive relationship (Layla). He comes to a rude awakening and has to make some hard life choices both Layla and Fallen Morning.

Who designed your book covers?

Her name is Les and I love her to pieces. She’s designed almost all my book covers. I found her on Fivrr believe it or not. She goes as Germancreative on there.  

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I’m actually doing that right now. 😊

Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I learned to slow down. I’m editing now and taking each paragraph at a time and turning it into literature.

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you!

D.L.Gardner is an award winning author and screenwriter, taking home the Book Excellence Award for her Amazon's best selling Ian's Realm Saga as well as various other prestigious awards for her audio books and screenplays. Her young adult adventure fantasy and historical fantasy novels are loved by youth and adults all over the world.
"Dianne's wonderfully descriptive writing style will have you so involved in the story that in a sense you will have forgotten that it was just a story."
Dianne is a columnist for Amazing Stories Magazine, one of the most popular science fiction and fantasy magazines of all time. She's taught workshops and participated on panels at conferences and film festivals. Her concept film for Ian's Realm has won numerous fantasy short awards in L.A., New York and New Zealand.
Dianne was born in Ohio and raised in southern CA. She attended Northern AZ University and later continued her education in the Pacific Northwest. She's an oil painter, book illustrator, screenwriter and filmmaker.

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